Newsletter Feature - TX
Meet Megan - Senior Grassroots Director
Hi -- I'm Megan Klein from Austin, Texas, and I've been the new Senior Grassroots Director for the SouthWest Affiliate for three months now. Vanessa Fuentes (who you probably know from action alert emails) has been promoted, so she's still around, but you'll be hearing more from me now.
I'm excited to join the AHA for many reasons. After working for many years in the political sphere, it's a breath of fresh air to spend my days advocating for heart-healthy policies and engaging volunteers for a nonpartisan cause. At the AHA, we're often asked about our "Why," and mine is my Uncle Jeff.
You're the Cure on the Hill 2017: A Texas Perspective
At the end of June, more than 330 American Heart Association volunteers and staff from 46 states, including Texas, traveled to Washington, D.C. to advocate for federal research support and key legislation that will benefit Americans with cardiovascular disease (CVD). The advocates urged their members of Congress to prioritize National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding for heart and stroke research and to support bills that would expand access to stroke telemedicine (telestroke) and cardiac rehabilitation. They also encouraged their lawmakers to oppose the American Health Care Act or any Senate substitute that reduces access to affordable and adequate health care coverage.
Texas legislative recap
Advocate Spotlight: Lindsey Wright, An Advocate with Fire in Her Heart!
Volunteers are the lifeblood of the American Heart Association and the work that we do. We are constantly amazed by our volunteers' commitment to advocate for healthier lives and to help save lives through policy change. We are pleased to spotlight a volunteer that has fire in her heart for the mission of the AHA. Please meet Lindsey Wright, Mrs. Arkansas International 2017.
Arlington Goes Smoke-Free
You did it! As of May 9th, Arlington is the 74th smoke-free city in Texas!
Ready, Set, Jump!
On May 15, 2017, the Voices for Healthy Kids Texas team hosted a group of K-5 students from East Terrell Hills Elementary School at the Capitol. This amazing group of 17 students visited the Texas State Capitol in Austin for the first time to learn about the Legislature and thank legislators for their support of a beloved subject, Quality Physical Education.
Recap: Health and Fitness Class on the Capitol lawn
In recognition of Employee Health and Fitness Month, The American Heart Association teamed up with the General Land Office and Railroad Commission to host a free exercise class for state employees and the general public on the Capitol lawn on May 10th. Commissioners George P. Bush and Ryan Sitton lead a group of more than 50 in a rigorous, heart-healthy workout that included jumping jacks, burpees and flutter kicks.
An Update on Smoke-Free Arlington
On Tuesday, April 25th, the Arlington City Council met to consider a smoke-free ordinance for the second time. Two weeks prior, the City Council voted 6-3 in favor of the ordinance.
Meet Christa Coleman: A Mom Inspired by Her Hero Daughter
This month, we want to take time to share more with you about one of our amazing advocates, Christa Coleman. Christa's daughter, Adyson, is a congenital heart survivor, and inspires Christa every day to Advocate for Heart.
Hays County Heart Walk: Advocacy Volunteers Needed
The 2017 Hays County Heart Walk is Saturday, April 8th and we need advocates, like you, to volunteer at our You’re the Cure™ table.